Orientation: On the banks of the Dry Creek, North-South facing row direction
Soil: Sandy loam, gravely River bottom
Viticulture: Sustainable - Cordon trellis and dry farmed
Vinification: Fermented in stainless steel
Aging: Aged in neutral barrels for 3-4 months
Production: 408 cases - 750ml and 30 cases - 375ml
Notes: Pale straw color with green reflections. A lovely nose, with aromas of apple, Anjou pear, white jasmine tea and hints of peach and nutmeg. On the palate, orchard fruit and citrus layers mingle with green tropical elements, all supported by crisp, acidity, enlivening minerality and delicate white flower notes.
Publication: View from the Cellar – John Gilman
Leo Steen’s 2015 chenin blanc is another lovely example of the varietal that drinks like a young Vouvray Sec. The wine is fermented with indigenous yeasts, with half of the cuvée having its malo blocked to retain a good spine of acidity. Eighty percent of the cuvée is raised in older casks and the other twenty percent in cement eggs. The 2015 is starting to blossom nicely, offering up a fine nose of lemon, quince, dusty soil tones a touch of lanolin and a topnote of white flowers. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and rock solid at the core, with excellent cut and focus, blossoming complexity and very impressive backend drive on the long, zesty and energetic finish. This is a beautiful wine in the making that should age very, very well. 2017-2040.